Archive for the ‘murder’ Category

On Saturday- March 08, 2008, in Goa, CNNIBN reported the news about a British girl who was raped

” Goa Tourism Minister Mickey Pacheco has demanded dismissal of police officers who carelessly handled the case of the 15-year-old British girl who was found dead under suspicious circumstances on the Goa beach.

“Such negligence by police department spoils Goa’s image,” he said this in the letter to Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik.

The Goa Police had earlier said it has no reason to hush up the case of the dead 15-year-old British teenager, which has caught international attention after her family members alleged foul play.

“From day one our investigation is aimed at finding out whether the death is homicidal or accidental. We have no reasons to hush up the case,” North Goa Superintendent of Police Bosco George had told PTI this evening.

Scarlett Keeling’s second autopsy report is identical to the first and it repeats that she died of drowning. However, it doesn’t establish the circumstances surrounding her death

Scarlette’s parents believe the death was not due to drowning as the police claim. They say the injury and other bruises on her body point to a cover up.

Fiona McKeown, Scarlette’s mother, has questioned the first post-mortem report that said the teenager had accidentally drowned.

“We think she had her face pushed into the sand because of the amount of the sand that was inside her nose and mouth. But the injuries all over her legs, arms and back are not fatal injuries. Somebody’s done that to her before they killed her,” Fiona says.

“She was battered before she was murdered, there were a lot of bruises on her. There had been an order that morning at 9:30 for the body to be removed after we’d gone down to the police station and asked to see the body again,” she says.

She adds, “I had asked them not to remove the body until I saw it agian, But they were still trying to remove it. They’re definitely trying to cover up.”

The counsel for the Keeling family says they’ve evidence pointing to foul play in Scarlette’s death.

“They have changed the investigating officer and there’s a new supervising officer who is above him. I am optimistic that they will carry out a proper investigation now. We will follow the logical process till justice is served,” says the counsel for the parents of the victim, Vikram Verma.

McKeown says she is sure her daughter was murdered.

“I saw her body for the third time today and there are more than 50 bruises on her body. I don’t know who killed her. But she was killed,” Fiona adds.

The photographs, which were taken by McKeown shortly after she saw the body on February 18, clearly show a number of bruises and cuts on Scarlette’s body. Even the first autopsy had mentioned the presence of injury marks, but the Goa police did not take the investigation forward.

“Why are police lying to the mother of the girl? Why is police lying to the media? Why are police hiding information? Should we trust the men in uniform or we should get terrorised because of them?” McKeown’s advocate Vikram Varma asks.

Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has said he will personally monitor the investigation. The results of the second post mortem are expected on Saturday.”

This is just one story which is been reported and so many of them go unreported. It is very hard for the foreigners to stay or live in India specially if they do not know the regional language.




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Minor admits to rape and murder

On Feb 17, 2008, in Rohtak,  The times of India newspaper reported about the news where two cases of rape and murder have been registered against the accused.

” The body of a four-year-old girl was exhumed on Saturday from the cremation ground following shocking disclosure by a minor that he had killed the girl after raping her in Bahrana town of Jhajjar district.

Police had arrested Monu, 15, on Friday, in connection with the murder of six-year-old Pooja of the same village following the recovery of her body from a well in Ismaila village of Rohtak.

“Two cases of rape and murder have been registered against the accused. While rape was confirmed in one case, the body has been for postmortem examination to establish rape before murder in the other,” said SP Shrikant Jadhav.

Some villagers had reportedly seen Monu taking Pooja out of the village on Wednesday night. However, it was during interrogation, that Monu, who worked as a labourer with the victim’s father, confessed to his crime.

Following this, another villager, Jaipal Singh, got suspicious about the death of his daughter whose body was found in a well one-and-a-half months ago. Monu admitted to killing Monika after raping her, whose body was exhumed in the presence of DSP Balbir Singh and tehsildar-cum-duty magistrate Rajender Prasad. ”

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Woman dies because of dowry

On Jan 13, 2008, The Times of India reported about the death of woman because of dowry.

”  A 24-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her in-laws for not fulfilling their demand of dowry. The incident was reported in Ghazipur police circle in the state capital on Friday.

The police claimed that the victim was identified as Rita. According to the report lodged by the police in the matter, the father of deceased Rita, Krishna Kumar accused his daughter’s father-in-law Natha Ram, husband Mukesh Kumar, brother-in-laws Manoj Kumar and his wife Manju, Vijay Kumar and his wife Puja and Mohit Kumar for killing his daughter Rita as she was not able to meet their demand of a car and one lakh rupees as dowry.

The report lodged with the police states that the victim was being tortured by her in-laws after her marriage on January 29 last year. The police have lodged a complaint in the matter against all the accused and are conducting investigations into the matter.

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In Hundwara, on Satuday, December 1, 2007. Greater Kashmir reported about Tabinda Gani, a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Hundwara. ” Parents of 14-year-old Tabinda Gani, who was raped and murdered, while rejecting the ex-gratia offer by the government have demanded stern punishment to her killers.
Out rightly rejecting the ex-gratia offer to the family by the government, brother of Tabinda, Masood Ahmad said, “It is like rubbing salt on our wounds. Ex-gratia relief cannot compensate life and divinity of my beloved sister. We appeal to court and authorities to deliver justice immediately.”
He says justice delayed is justice denied.
The entire Handwara Tehsil is up in arms demanding punishment to the perpetrators.
This could be gauged from a banner, which hangs on a signboard that reads: “Hang the criminals involved in rape and murder of Tabinda (Shaheed)”.
The banner on Langate link road, which leads to Batpora, the native village of Tabinda, exemplifies the rage among the residents against those who raped and murdered young Tabinda.
The link road is still in a dilapidated condition and no transport facility is available for the villagers.
The place from where the teenaged girl was intercepted and dragged wears a deserted look due to thick apple trees and bushes though most of trees have shed the leaves.
Womenfolk particularly female students have changed their way and take other routes to reach Langate and Handwara.
“Authorities had assured us that they would repair the road and provide transport facility to the village and install a police post near the shrine of Syed Kirmani Sahib (RA) but all in vain as the place continues to shelter goons, drunkards and criminals. Several female students have stopped going to school,” said Nazir Ahmad, a resident.
The throat slit body of 14-year-old Tabinda Gani daughter of Abdul Gani of Batpora Langate was recovered from an orchard in Langate on July 20 2007.
The victim was raped before her murder.
The incident evoked massive protests in north Kashmir. The police initially rounded up 16 suspects out of which four (a band of criminals) including two non-local laborers who confessed to the crime were sent to Varmul Central jail.
The case has been transferred to District and Sessions court Kupwara following refusal of Bar Association Handwara to plead on behalf of the accused persons.
The four accused Mohd Sadiq Mir alias Saeda Choor, Azhar Ahmad Mir alias Billa, both residents of Langate, Mocha Jahangir Ansari of West Bengal and Suresh Kumar of Rajasthan in the rape and murder of a teenaged schoolgirl in Langate Handwara were produced before the court on November 25 amid tight security.
Senior advocate Maqbool Mir and advocate Bilal Ahmad Malik appeared on the behalf of the accused and argued for attorney file and copies of the challan.
Prosecuting officer Sheikh Abdul Hamid is pleading the case on behalf of the government.  Due to lack of attorney file and copies of challan hearing could not continue and subsequently next hearing was fixed on December 12 2007. Police has already cited 80 witnesses in the case.
District president Bar Association Kupwara Ghulam Nabi Mir said as no advocate was ready to plead for accused at Handwara and there were apprehensions that the case will get transferred outside state a request was made to senior advocate Maqbool Mir to plead on the behalf of the accused.
Mir told Greater Kashmir that he appeared on behalf of the accused after repeated requests from the complainants and with consultations of Bar Association Kupwara on grounds that the case will be transferred outside state if the accused are not defended here.”

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On Thursday, November 29, 2007 Gorkhapatra reported that a woman was found dead in a secluded area.

” Area Police Office, Belbari, said the body of 29-year-old Mina Biswokarma of Belbari-9, who had come for the weekly hatiya (market) at Belbari Bazaar, has been found near a bridge in the Betana wetlands area on the eastern side of the bazaar.
Police said her neck was tightened with a shawl and is suspected that she might have been killed after rape as a gent’s jeans pant has also been found from the site. Police have recovered her cycle, sandals and a bag containing the greens she had bought from the hatiya.
Based on the crime scene investigation, police said a gang might have raped her as the bushes around the incident site have been found bedraggled.”

We will inform you with any future updates with regard to this story. Women should find some way to protect or defend themselves either by keeping some sort of weapon or equipment. They should somehow learn to fight against such circumstances.

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